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Old 02-27-2007, 06:50 PM   #57
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:43 PM   #58
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Great topic! My first job was in 1998 flying Air Ambulance King Airs and PC-12s in the high Arctic of Canada, (lived in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut for 4 years ).

Now 5000+ hours later, I'm flying a corporate Challenger 604 based in Winnipeg. Tough job, but it pays the Airstream bills!

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Old 06-13-2007, 01:55 PM   #59
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how does one "start" in aviation in a KingAir????

kinda spendy for a trainer, no?
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Old 06-13-2007, 02:24 PM   #60
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You're right Chuck, a King Air would be kind of $$$ to train in!

No, I trained in Cessna 152s, 172 Floatplane, Piper Cherokee and a Beech Baron for Multi-IFR. My first job was in a King Air.

Now I must go back outside, the Airstream is calling....
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Old 06-14-2007, 06:35 AM   #61
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Sure Patrick, we all feel your pain. Gotta fly that wide body. Dirty job.
I bet the hard part is all about, "what do I want to read next." I've seen so many corp. pilots sitting in the GA terminals reading, waiting, wondering when the boss will show up so they can go fly again.

I've gotten up close and personal with a 601. Did and air to air photo shoot out in OK. Have a series of shots with the shadow of the C210 on the fuselage.... nice and close.

We're zooming along and he's down on stick shaker. You may have seen it on Trade-A-Plane's cover back in 88-89. It was the NBAA issue that year.

Reminds me of a joke:

Janitor is sweeping the terminal. As he passes the corp. pilot sitting reading on the bench the pilot hears him mumble, "I hate this fu**ing job."
This goes on for a few passes and the pilot can't help himself. Finally he stops the janitor and says, "if you hate your job so much why not just quit and go find something you like to do?"

The janitor looks at him with big eyes and a surprised expression and says, "what! .... and leave AVIATION??"
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:37 AM   #62
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OK, since everyone else is chiming in...Got my private certification in 1968. Have all the ratings and certificates, including all for helicopters. Joined the USAF in 1971, did beautiful Southeast Asia and all other parts of the world prior to retiring after the first gulf war. Currently flying international for a major cargo carrier that will absolutely, positively get it there! I have 11 more months till I fully retire and really begin to enjoy the new Airstream
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:21 AM   #63
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Hi! Yeah you guys put me to shame - I started lessons for my 45th birthday and caught the bug. Realized I could never afford to buy what I wanted commercially so joined the EAA and started learning. I decided early that I preferred aluminium to tupperware and selected and built a Van's RV-6a. A very capable tandem 2 seat nosedragger.

Well, - Passed my Single engine land. Put 100 hours on the RV (is the name co-incidence?) and flew to Oshkosh. Came back and received an offer I couldn't refuse for the plane.
That was some 5 years ago...I an no longer current - really don't have the time right now and doubt I could still pass the medical unaided.

Right now the only aluminum I have is the avion 34' I pick up tomorrow - but I'm sure I will be able to repair any loose rivets!!!

Great thread!
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:10 AM   #64
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That would be nice to know. They way things are going for me I will probably never fly a Turbine powered airplane.
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That would be nice to know. They way things are going for me I will probably never fly a Turbine powered airplane.
hey, I was looking at the pics on your website the other day...wanted to ask: how do they use that Maule for "firefighting"?

sweet looking airplane. and the nose wheel is in the back, where it belongs.
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Air attack and recon for small fires
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hmm. how does one "attack" with a Maule? lol!!
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:59 PM   #69
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I just added this aluminum art piece to my collection. I am on the left, the previous owner is on the right. I flew it home to Minnesota from Texas a week ago.

I previously owned a 1974 Cherokee 140, 1948 Bonanza V-tail, and 1964 Twin Comanche. Odd that the oldest was by far my favorite, so after an 8 year break, I'm back "home" in this 1960 Debonair.
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:20 PM   #70
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Congrats Dan!!

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Congratulations on bringing the Debonaire home... I almost bought an identical looking Deb in 1978, but didn't have the $16K... Comanche was $5K less expensive.. Sigh... Glad you found a way to afford alternative riveted transport again...

You should head to Amazon.com and get a copy of Martin Caidin's book Cross Country Flying from 1961... Amazing stories and photo's of his travels in new 1960 Debonaire around the US....

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